How Do Boating Accidents Happen?

A top down view of a boat traveling across the water. One of the most common reasons for boating accidents is operator negligence. Even in cases that involve poor weather conditions or manufacturing defects, the operator of a boat is responsible for checking the safety of their equipment and planning for inclement weather. If you are injured in a boating accident due to another’s negligent actions, our boating accident attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Many people think operating a boat is easier than driving a car. As a result, some boat drivers may be inclined to ignore state and federal safety regulations. This not only makes the waterway dangerous for the reckless operator, but also any other vessel that happens to be in their path. In Illinois, most boating accidents are caused by:

Much like car accidents, a boat crash can cause severe injuries with life-altering complications. In addition to the likelihood of catastrophic injuries, there is a high risk of drowning. For this reason, it is important to have safety protocols in place in case you are involved in a boating accident. Always make sure your vessel has:

  • A lifejacket for every occupant
  • Personal flotation devices
  • Distress signals for both day and night
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Ventilation
  • An SOS device such as a whistle, horn, or bell
  • Lights for navigation

By having these devices in working order, you increase the chances of surviving a serious boating accident. However, if you are ever injured in an accident due to the negligence of another boater, make sure you retain one of our personal injury lawyers so we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Do You Need a Boating Accident Attorney? Call Sklare Law Group Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident due to the negligent actions of another operator, call us at 312-263-0771 for a free case evaluation. We are proud to serve clients living in the counties of DuPage, Will, and Lake as well as Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

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